I was planning to write something about this ban, but a Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil beat me to it in this piece published in Malaysian Insider. I just want to add two more points to what Kamal has written: the...
Penang was chosen for its sumptuous street food and nostalgic heritage setting and easy walkability in the city. Not for its skywalk or theme parks or 40-storey (and 60-storey) towers or Botak Hill or planned artificial islands or six-lane highways...
This is blog visitor tunglang's vision of a liveable and commuter-friendly inner-city George Town and how it can be achieved: Trams plying the streets of old-world-charm George Town. Rapid buses serving the main artery roads (not competing with trams along heritage...
Tunglang moves from describing authentic street food to talking about authentic forms of worship. From the way he describes it, it's not such a great leap, as we might think. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLLMzr3PFgk&w=470&h=286] Time has changed many things, many perceptions, many...
Bangkok and Singapore are ahead of Penang in terms of street food, if the folks at virtualtourist.com are to be believed. What do you think? Check out the rankings here, as reported by Reuters. If you are a...
What draws people to Malaysia? Little to do with boutique hotels, Petronas Twin Towers, theme parks, glitzy malls or any other property development.. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIDeeekiofs?rel=0&w=475&h=271] Just the experience of connecting with unique cultures and natural treasures. We have these but...
As part of the effort to promote Penang street food against the onslaught of fast-food culture and gentrification, I thought a poll to determine once and for all the signature street food dish of Penang would help to whet...
Anthony Bourdain, host of Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programmes, recently visited Penang to try out the local street food. This is his verdict. Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9cpb7KtZug&feature=plcp Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJYiogr0icY&feature=plcp Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQLSXprHpAw&feature=plcp The hot and spicy spots he visited can be...
Update (2 August): What is this huge (five-storey?) building in this plan? (It reminds me of the aborted 'airport terminal' building for the Penang Hill Railway.) Something to keep the developers/contractors happy? Do we need yet another 'iconic' building...
Penang assam laksa has been ranked seventh - ahead of Thailand's 'tom yum goong' - in a list of the "world's 50 most delicious foods", published by CNN. Another reason why Penang is on the world map for its street...

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